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Ryan Hancocks

Director of the South African Reserve Bank Centre for Economics Journalism
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Bachelor of Economics (Rhodes) Bachelor of Economics Honours (Rhodes) Master of Commerce (Financial Markets) (Rhodes) Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism (Rhodes)


Room 205 Africa Media Matrix
Upper Prince Alfred Street

Postal address

School of Journalism and Media Studies
Rhodes University
PO Box 94
Grahamstown 6140 


Postgraduate Diploma in Economics Journalism
Economics 507: Monetary Policy and Regulation

Community engagement

JMS community-based media platforms


Ryan Hancocks is the Director of the South African Reserve Bank Centre for Economics Journalism at Rhodes University and the Deputy Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies. Ryan develops financial journalism-based curricula and facilitates economics journalism and financial market training at Rhodes University, he also offers master’s level study in monetary policy through the Rhodes University Economics Department. Ryan has been Director since 2016 and continues to provide a specialist level of training at tertiary level for NQF 8 and up qualifications, while consulting with leading corporate partners in the financial and media sectors on staff training and policy development initiatives on the African continent. Previously, he worked at a senior level for Media24 and MSCI Inc. His core focus is on the development of transformational journalism in the financial media space, with research that looks to incorporated community media in Africa and its ability to facilitate financial inclusion and education.

Research areas

Monetary Policy and its perception through news media

The role and relation of media in the transmission of economic phenomena

Responsibility and role of journalists in regulating financial market activity

Coverage and dissemination of community-based financial intelligence